Designing a custom home for a client is fun, challenging, difficult, and exhilarating for a residential architect because it is a blank slate. The possibilities are endless. You have, depending on where you live, limitless options for architectural design. You can do anything. Sometimes, there are so many options it can be overwhelming.

The challenges for designing a custom home are unique. You have planning issues (size, design, location, etc..), Homeowner Association issues (depending on where your lot is located), and environmental issues (views, sun, wind, water, etc..). As a trusted and licensed architect, I can help you overcome all these challenges one step at a time.

I find the biggest challenge clients face (besides budgeting) when having a home custom designed and built for them is patience. I work with my clients to have the patience to explore many options when designing their home. Because there are so many options, it is important to discuss all of the design choices in a constructive, efficient way. By exploring different architectural design and plans, the client can be inspired to try new things that they have never thought of before. By exploring innovative architectural designs, it can avoid confusion later on in the construction process.

Explore! Take your time on your dream home. I am here to help you on your journey.

ADU

ADU stands for Accessory Dwelling Unit. California formalized this type of structure in 2017 to provide additional housing in California. Property owners that have enough land can add an ADU on their property without going through a long drawn out planning review or providing extra parking for the bedrooms.

The size of an ADU can be 50% of the main house up to 1,200 square feet maximum. That is plenty of space for a two bedroom, two bath unit that you can rent out or provide a separate living space for a family.